Mix the first 6 ingredients in a small bowl or jar. I think it is best to make this dressing ahead of time to allow the flavors to come together and fully get the sugar dissolved. Shake well before dressing the lettuce.
Gather items to make candied almonds
In a dry skillet place 3 T sugar and heat over medium heat. As soon as you see any of the sugar melting add in 1/2 cup slivered almonds. The sugar will turn to syrup and coat the almonds. As soon as you see the slightest color change on the almonds– remove from heat. The almonds will continue cooking and it is very easy to burn them. Sometimes when I make these I get more of a crystallized looking coating. It doesn’t matter—it is all good!
Toss lettuce (mixed greens) with dressing, a regular sized can of drained mandarin oranges and the candied almonds. Serve immediately after dressing the salad.